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Mary Kay Blakely

  • A mother is never cocky or proud, because she knows the school principal may call at any minute to report that her child has just driven a motorcycle through the gymnasium.

    • Mary Kay Blakely,
    • "The Pros and Cons of Motherhood," in Gloria Kaufman and Mary Kay Blakely, eds., Pulling Our Own Strings ()
  • We are expected, somehow, not to offend anyone on our way to liberation. There's an absurd expectation that the women's movement must be the first revolution in history to accomplish its goals without hurting anyone's feelings.

    • Mary Kay Blakely,
    • introduction, in Gloria Kaufman and Mary Kay Blakely, eds., Pulling Our Own Strings ()
  • Families don't always realize that mother is exhausted, because mother is always exhausted. Exhausted is what looks normal.

    • Mary Kay Blakely,
    • interview, St. Paul Pioneer Press ()
  • A self-taught conversationalist, his style with new acquaintances had the immediate warmth of an investigative journalist tracking down discrepancies in a municipal budget.

  • The truth invariably arrives several years after you need it.

  • ... one life stamps and influences another, which in turn stamps and influences another, on and on, until the soul of human experience breathes on in generations we'll never even meet.

  • Never accept an expert's opinion if it violates your own because the experts can change their minds.

  • A mother can legitimately be said to 'have a baby' — but in a civilization such as ours, she can never claim to own a teenager.

  • ... 'mother' is the first word that occurs to politicians and columnists and popes when they raise the question, 'Why isn't life turning out the way we wanted it?'

  • Joan ... had five kids in the '60s before she became a recovering Catholic ('We used the rhythm method for the last three') ...

  • Divorce is the psychological equivalent of a triple coronary by-pass. After such a monumental assault on the heart, it can take a whole decade to amend all the habits and attitudes that led up to it.

  • Divorce exposes absolutely ever buried assumption about marriage ... how a husband's sense of entitlement and a wife's sense of duty turned the principle of 'our money, our kids' into the reality of 'his money, her kids.'

  • In a culture that gives men irresponsible power and women powerless responsibility, the advancement of civilization cannot be a serious goal.

  • Women aren't trying to do too much. Women have too much to do.

  • ... a father had to work only half as hard as any mother to be considered twice as good.

  • ... even the 'worst blizzard of the century' accumulates one flake at a time.

Mary Kay Blakely, U.S. journalist, writer